Eliza Gilkyson is a politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter who has become one of the most respected musicians in folk and Americana music circles. The daughter of legendary songwriter Terry Gilkyson, Eliza entered the music world as a teenager, recording demos for her father. Since then she has released 20 recordings of her own, and her songs have been covered by such notables as Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash.
The Grammy-nominated songwriter has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown, XM Radio, Air America Radio and has toured worldwide as a solo artist and in support of Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dan Fogelberg, as well as with the Woody Guthrie review, Ribbon of Highway-Endless Skyway, alongside the Guthrie Family, Jimmy Lafave, Slaid Cleaves, and special guests Pete Seeger, Jackson Browne and Kris Kristofferson. She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame alongside such legends as Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt and Nanci Griffith and is an ongoing winner of the Austin Chronicle’s various music awards, as well as Folk Alliance awards for Best Artist, Best Songwriter and Record of the Year.
Her CD Land of Milk and Honey was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Eliza’s meditative “Requiem,” written as a prayer for those who lost their lives in the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia, was recorded by the nationally recognized choral group Conspirare, whose version was nominated for a Grammy and won the prestigious Edison Award in Europe. The song has become a standard in choir repertory the world over. Two of her songs appeared on Joan Baez’ Grammy-nominated CD, Day After Tomorrow. In addition to touring in support of her most recent CD, the highly acclaimed Roses at the End of Time, Eliza and label-mates John Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky have been performing as “Folk Super Trio” Red Horse, a side project whose CD stayed for months at the top of the Folk Music Charts. Eliza’s new CD, The Nocturne Diaries, produced by her son, Cisco Ryder, will be out in March, 2014.
Eliza is an active member of the Austin music and political community, including the environmental organization Save Our Springs (www.sosalliance.org), and she is a co-founder of www.5604manor.org, an Austin-based activist resource center that promotes political activism and community involvement around issues of race, patriarchy and global injustice.
RED HOUSE DISCOGRAPHY
The Nocturne Diaries – 2014
Roses at the End of Time – 2011
Red Horse (with John Gorka & Lucy Kaplansky) – 2010
Beautiful World – 2008
Your Town Tonight – 2007
Requiem (EP) – 2007 (released in UK only)
Paradise Hotel – 2005
Land of Milk and Honey – 2004
Lost and Found – 2002
Hard Times in Babylon – 2000
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“Intimate, delicate-voiced and given to musical introspection . . . her honest voice and understated, life affirming lyrics remain the core of her songs.” – People
“Gilkyson doesn’t pull any punches. She graces the music with her lush and passionate voice; a dark and lonely sound, hope and satisfaction, and edgy lyrics with piercing imagery round out the whole.” – New York Times
“Few folk singers, even those from the original folk revival, have been able to combine social consciousness with musicality as well as Eliza Gilkyson. She merges strong songwriting talent with commanding vocals to create music that has immediate appeal as well as lasting intellectual impact.” – Vintage Guitar
“She doesn’t place her songs above her listeners; she’s down inside them” – All Music Guide
“Like the master writer she is, Gilkyson cuts through the jungle of posturing leftist verbiage and conservative spin…She packs a political punch that is as entertaining and blue-collar as the work of Woody Guthrie” – Houston Press
“One of the most influential artists on the American folk music scene” – Maverick
“With a knowing eye on the past, Eliza Gilkyson is making folk music for the 21st Century, and it’s a delightful thing to hear.” – Austin Chronicle
“Raw, harrowing tales of shattered lives and immoral wars. She continues to make big statements…”
– Penguin Eggs “Honey-on-sandpaper vocal style…with a weathered grace”
– Paste “Gilkyson has raised the composing bar to a whole new level.
– FolkWax “Her work is too good to be ignored. She sings with plaintive power and writes with soulful strength.”
– Dallas Morning News
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Grammy Award Nomination – Best Contemporary Folk Album (Land of Milk and Honey) Austin Music Award – Best Folk Artist Austin Music Award – Best Songwriter Austin Music Award – Best Female Vocalist
Austin Music Award – Best Folk Band Folk Alliance Music Award – Album of the Year (Paradise Hotel) Folk Alliance Music Award – Song of the Year (“Man of God” – Paradise Hotel) Folk Alliance Music Award – Best Solo Artist Folk Alliance Music Award – Best Contemporary Artist